This morning, local prof Jeffrey Shallit reminds us that complete and utter wanks should not try to do science:
Paul Davies, the British physicist and popularizer of science, wrote an astonishingly silly op-ed in the New York Times recently, in which he equates science and religion because both are based on "faith". It was a pleasure to see Davies' ideas completely shredded by Lawrence Krauss, Sean Carroll, and P. Z. Myers.
How silly is Davies? Well, get a load of this howler:
This isn't the first time Davies has said silly things. In The Fifth Miracle, for example, he attributes the ideas of algorithmic information theory to Gregory Chaitin, despite the fact that the Soviet probabilist Andrei Kolmogorov came up with them earlier (and despite the fact that nearly everyone calls the field "Kolmogorov complexity").
I mean, really ... crediting Chaitin for work originally done by Kolmogorov. What a clueless cretin. If only Davies had had the sense to ask, you know, an expert.
And, why no, I'm not just another pretty face. But thanks for asking.